Getting kids excited to go back to school

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It’s probably already started, hasn’t it?

The anticipation has been slowly building over the last few weeks. You’ve been feeling an unexplained giddiness well up inside you. You’re finding it hard to suppress that gleeful giggle – you’ve even probably let a chortle or unexpected snort slip out.

That’s right: It’s practically back-to-school time. Go ahead and enjoy it. The house will soon be empty during the days. Earlier bedtimes will be strictly enforced, giving you some extended free time in the evenings. Calm will once again prevail from the unchecked chaos of the last three months, and order will be restored. The world will finally be back in balance, and the universe will bless you in its warm embrace.

I know, I know. It’s so politically incorrect to admit you’re excited; if you let down that front of being anything but the golden ideal of what a parent should be, you risk being on the ugly end of the wagging finger of shame, shame, shame from the ever-growing ranks of the Nosy-Nellie public.

It’s OK. We’ve got your six on this one. To fulfill your quota of parental responsibility for the day, Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine is here to give you a few quick tips on how to get your kids excited about the upcoming school year. So, without further ado:

Supplies and demand

We were all children once, and we all shared one common bond: We all liked getting stuff. It never really mattered what the stuffwas; it was stuff– and it was ours. Going back to school means getting new school supplies: notebooks, folders, rainbows of pens, backpacks. Let the tykes pick out the stuff they want; you know they’re going to want to show it off a little when the first bell rings. Back in my day, walking down the elementary school hall on the first day of school with a pristine green Trapper Keeper tucked safely under my arm put a bit of a spring in my step and a sparkle in my eye that said, “That’s right, girls; I got the green one.” Of course, it was usually trashed around the 10thday of the school year.

Slicked up to the nines

Similarly, getting the new back-to-school duds is also a big deal. Yet, face it, you’re a bit out of touch regarding the latest fashion trends for kids. (No, you’re not going to be doing your son any favors by buying that sweater with the Yorkie knitted into the front – regardless of how adorable it is.) Let them make some of the shopping selection. They know what they want, and they know what’s cool among their peers. At the very least, you won’t be giving them a reason to hold a lifelong grudge against you (I’m thinking about those horrendously uncomfortable and indestructible Toughskins jeans from Sears that you made me wear, Mom).

Rekindling connections

OK, all jokes aside, this one is actually very good advice because it comes from the experts at Sylvan Learning. While some kids thrive at the chance to meet new people, that concept can definitely cause anxiety in others. Letting your child connect with some of his or her existing friends prior to the start of the school year can help ease those concerns. Sylvan Learning also suggests setting up a time where you and your child can meet the new teacher, which will give the child a better understanding of who may be in the new class as well as get him or her acquainted with the new environment.

There, you made it through the article. You’ve done your required parental service. You’ve accomplished your daily dose of responsible adulting.

Now get back to smiling. School starts soon enough.


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